LONDON ( The Deal) -- A flow of strong earnings reports buttressed European stocks on Tuesday after a generally positive day in Asia was tempered by declines in mainland Chinese indices.
In London, the FTSE 100 edged up 0.14% to 6,620.26. In Frankfurt, the DAX gained 0.24% to 9,373.86 while in Paris the CAC 40 jumped 0.43% to 4,240.87.
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In the U.K., the British Retail Consortium and KPMG LLP's gauge of retail sales showed that unusually warm autumn weather continued to deter customers from stocking up on winter clothing in October. But the results were better than expected, with same-store sales flat year on year, compared with a forecast 0.5% contraction. Same-store sales had tumbled 2.1% in September.
Telecom company Vodafone (VOD) led the FTSE 100 gainers, jumping almost 6% after first-half service revenue fell less than expected and the company announced a plan take on the U.K.'s former telecom monopoly, BT Group, in the market for residential broadband with the launch of a new service including TV in the spring .
Shopping mall investor and developer Land Securities was up close to 3% after announcing a 12% leap in net asset value at the end of its first half from six months earlier. Pretax profit jumped to just over 1 billion pounds ($1.58 billion) from 398 million pounds.